The delay has ended. The winners of your World Series are the Texas Rangers.
They defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to claim the first championship in the history of the team. Additionally, Texas finishes its postseason run with an 11-0 road record.
The Rangers were the first team to score a run after earning their first hit of the game in the seventh inning. Arizona appeared to be the side to beat through the first five innings, leaving runners on base in each.
We have all the action from the game that decided the Fall Classic, including live updates during play, analysis, takeaways, and more after the last out.
Diamondbacks 0, Rangers 5.
Texas: The Rangers praised Nathan Eovaldi’s big-game brilliance throughout the most of October. And on November 1st, after Zac Gallen dominated the Rangers’ scary lineup for the first six innings, Eovaldi was as dominant as ever, consistently navigating out of danger to allow his offense to score late. Yes, it did. The Rangers, who finished with 102 losses in 2021, made significant free agent signings, and convinced manager Bruce Bochy to come out of retirement, have won the World Series for the first time in their 62-year existence. They accomplished this by going 11-0 away from home throughout the postseason. They persevered through hardship after hardship to get there. And they did so by taking on the gritty quality that Eovaldi frequently exhibits. ** Gonzalez Alden
Arizona: The D-backs put up a strong fight, but ultimately a superior squad prevailed. In addition to Zac Gallen’s six shutout innings, the D-Backs’ inability to record even one base knock in a crucial circumstance will be remembered from Game 5. They stranded eleven runners, so many opportunities, but nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. That must be a really annoying way to wrap up your season. What a season, though. The D-backs, who were viewed as little more than a footnote in the powerful National League West, made it through three postseason games and won the World Series for the first time since 2001. They accomplished this with a youthful team that advanced far into the postseason and three starting pitchers, one of whom was a rookie. Corbin Carroll and Gabriel Moreno, two 23-year-olds, are still relevant, so this is not a one-and-done scenario. Only Evan Longoria and Tommy Pham, two important veterans, are set to become free agents next season, leaving the majority of the roster under team control. Arizona lost three straight games at home in the season’s finale, which wasn’t great, but the season wasn’t bad overall. — Rogers Jesse
51 is one large number. The number of seasons the Texas Rangers spent in Arlington without taking home a World Series championship is that. No fan base in the American League has waited longer. It took the Baltimore Orioles 64 years to win their first championship, and most of that was during their time as the St. Louis Browns. During their 11-season tenure as the Washington Senators’ replacement, the Rangers franchise also failed to win a championship. Now that the Arlington wait is over, attention turns to the Seattle Mariners, who in their 47-year history have never claimed a championship. — Doolittle Bradford